Hildegard von Bingen was truly a woman ahead of her time. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist.
The Vox Animae ensemble, directed by early music experts Evelyn Tubb and Michael Fields, presents Europe's oldest liturgical drama: "Ordo Virtutum (The Ritual of the Virtues)," by 12th-century mystic, theologian and composer Hildegard von Bingen. The piece depicts the struggle between the Virtues and the devil over the human soul. Following the performance, noted Hildegard scholar Matthew Fox discuses the one-of-a-kind historical figure.
In this one-woman film, international mezzo soprano Linn Maxwell embodies the extraordinary life of 12th century German prophetess, healer and composer, Hildegard of Bingen, who was canonized in 2012 and named a Doctor of the Church. Far ahead of her time and in a male-dominated world, Hildegard challenged the established authority of the Church, both philosophically and musically. Accompanying herself on authentic medieval instruments, Linn performs six of Hildegard's original songs and through the mystic's actual letters and writings transports us to the turbulent times of the Crusades of Western Europe. Hildegard's timeless message of spiritual truth, holistic healing and caring for the earth is more urgent today than ever.